Hong Kong restaurant employees enjoy Thanksgiving break

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Proud parents pour cups of coffee to greet their children returning home

Hundreds of restaurant workers will be flown home to Hong Kong this week to see their families.

KLE Restaurant Group decided to pay for the move to make sure those who had been working late hours for the week-long Thanksgiving holiday could spend quality time with them.

Restaurant workers in Hong Kong are sometimes chained to their desks to save money.

The tradition has made HK$1 million (US$150,000 or £110,000) for the restaurant group.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The money was raised in a nationwide drive by restaurant workers

Restaurant workers from Hong Kong can earn between HK$18,000 and HK$18,500 ($2,500 and $2,900) a month.

The money to fund the celebration for 250 of them came from the group’s Twitter page.

To pass around complimentary meals, some employees wrote random words of encouragement.

One posted: “You are a very special and loved person, and I hope you don’t miss the love of your family.”

Image copyright KLE Restaurant Group Image caption One of the restaurant group’s other restaurants is in the US and in Britain

KLE Restaurant Group owns popular restaurants like 628 in Kowloon and Pizza Delight in downtown Hong Kong, as well as Pizza Deluxe and In Shops for Pumas.

The pay rise did not happen in 2016, because the project fell through.

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